The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested one Okonkwo Chimezie Henry at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos after excreting 113 wraps of cocaine which weighed 1.750 kilogrammes.
In a statement issued on Friday by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Chimezie was arrested on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, while trying to board a Turkish Airline flight to Madrid, Spain.
He was apprehended by operatives of the NDLEA at about 8:00pm at screening point two and taken into custody.
After 24 hours under excretion observation, the suspect excreted wraps of cocaine at different intervals.
“Okonkwo was about boarding a Turkish Airline flight number TK0626 at about 8pm when he was apprehended at screening 2 point and taken into custody by the NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport. He was subsequently put under observation at the JBTF/NDLEA facility for further investigation.
“Twenty four hours after putting him under excretion observation, the suspect who has been living in Spain for 10 years excreted 39 wraps of cocaine and subsequently passed out a total of 113 wraps in five excretions. Further investigation reveals he ingested the illicit drug in a hotel in Igando area of Lagos.
“According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, the suspect excreted 39 wraps weighing 600 grammes at 9.58am on April 5; 13 wraps weighing 200 grammes at 6.30pm same day; 16 wraps weighing 250 grammes at 10.30pm same day; and 32 wraps weighing 500 grammes at 7.30am on April 6.
In the same vein, operatives at the airport have intercepted a 2.8kg of skunk meant for Dubai in UAE through Emirate Airline. The illicit drug was concealed in crayfish; bitter leaves and melons packaged in a sack but was recovered at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA,” Babafemi stated.
In his reaction, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, commended officers and men of the MMIA Command of the Agency for not allowing criminal elements take advantage of the Easter holiday to further their illicit trade and dent Nigeria’s image abroad.
He charged operatives to remain committed to the ongoing offensive action at the airports, seaports, land borders, on the streets of Nigerian cities and across the various drug joint s and even in the forests where some are hiding to cultivate and process cannabis sativa.